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Protesters vow to ‘occupy’ Rose Parade

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street protesters hoping to commandeer a worldwide television audience to air their grievances said on Thursday they would peacefully “occupy” this year’s Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Calling on Occupy demonstrators from across the country to join them, organizers said they would set up encampments…

Standoff looms at ‘Occupy Portland’

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – Hundreds of anti-Wall Street demonstrators must leave their protest campsites in Portland, Oregon, by early Sunday morning, the city’s mayor said on Thursday, setting the stage for a possible standoff. City officials said they imposed the 12:01 a.m. Sunday deadline for Occupy Portland protesters to leave…

Cain hires defamation lawyer to monitor accusations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Herman Cain has hired a high-profile defamation lawyer to keep an eye on the sexual harassment accusations made public by two women this week. Atlanta attorney Lin Wood told Reuters on Thursday he was not hired to scare, intimidate or threaten anyone from making statements, but to…

Soldier found guilty of murdering Afghans, collecting body parts

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — The ringleader of a rogue US army unit responsible for “thrill kills” of Afghan civilians was sentenced to life behind bars. But a five-person military panel said Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs — who was found guilty at the end of a week-long court martial —…

Security comes under scrutiny at ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest

NEW YORK — After a sexual assault at the crowded tent camp set up by Occupy Wall Street protestors in New York, security issues are starting to overshadow the more idealistic concerns of the activists. Ironically, the intense police presence deployed to keep the protestors under control does not extend…

Pentagon chief orders review of morgue mistakes

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday he has ordered a review into the mistreatment of US war dead, and whether whistleblowers who balked at the mishandling of the remains were retaliated against. Seeking to allay concerns over revelations of mismanagement at the Dover Air Force base mortuary, Panetta…

‘Occupy’ protesters plan march on Honolulu APEC summit

HONOLULU — The killing of a Hawaiian man by a US State Department security agent has galvanized anti-globalization activists who said Thursday they plan to march on a weekend summit of Asia-Pacific leaders here. But activists and security officials said a repeat of the large “occupy” protests that started on…

Wells Fargo takes heat over investments in private prison industry

The advocacy group Small Business United on Thursday called on Wells Fargo to provide a full accounting of investments related to private prisons and immigrant detention centers. Wells Fargo is one of the largest investors in Geo Group, Inc. — the second largest private prison company in the world contracted…

U.S. negotiating combat troop boost in Kuwait

WASHINGTON — The United States is negotiating with Kuwait to allow several thousand US combat troops now in Iraq to redeploy to the Gulf emirate to counter Iran’s influence in the region, US defense officials said Thursday. “Discussions are underway” with Kuwaiti leaders but no final agreement has been reached,…

Romney says ‘prepare for war’ against Iran

WASHINGTON — Accusing President Barack Obama of naivete on Iran, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney promised Thursday that if elected president he would “prepare for war” with the Islamic republic. In a commentary published in the Wall Street Journal, Romney said he would back up US diplomacy “with a very…

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